Two woman, ca. 1875 by Baron Raimund von Stillfried
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WARRIORS: Armenian women, 1895. (To the right, Eghisapet Sultanian, great grandmother of musician Derek Sherinian during the 1895 Hamidian massacres, when the Armenians of Zeitun (modern Süleymanlı), fearing the prospect of massacre, took up arms to defend themselves from Ottoman troops.)
The "Ironing Board" without the Iron. Actually, it's better described as a "drying board", I suppose. The wet kimono was "stuck" to the board, and the water smoothed down by hand from top to bottom. The shape was carefully preserved, preventing any odd "stretching" in any one direction, and it was dried in place -- or at least until dry enough to be removed and carefully hung in another place that would hasten drying on both sides, and prevent str...